The Jam

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The Jam were an English punk rock/mod revival band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

They were formed in Woking, Surrey. While they shared the "angry young men" outlook and fast tempos of their punk rock contemporaries, The Jam wore smartly tailored suits rather than ripped clothes, and they incorporated a number of mainstream 1960s rock and R&B influences rather than rejecting them, placing The Jam at the forefront of the mod revival movement.

They had 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four number one hits. As of 2007, "That's Entertainment" and "Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero?" remained the best-selling import singles of all time in the UK. They released one live album and six studio albums, the last of which, The Gift, hit number one on the UK album charts. When the group split up, their first 15 singles were re-released and all placed within the top 100.

The band drew upon a variety of stylistic influences over the course of their career, including 1960s beat music, soul, rhythm and blues and psychedelic rock, as well as 1970s punk and new wave. The trio was known for its melodic pop songs, its distinctly English flavour and its mod image. The band launched the career of Paul Weller, who went on to form The Style Council and later had a successful solo career. Weller wrote and sang most of The Jam's original compositions, and he played lead guitar, using a Rickenbacker 330. Bruce Foxton provided backing vocals and prominent basslines, which were the foundation of many of the band's songs, including the hits "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight", "The Eton Rifles", "Going Underground" and "Town Called Malice" mainly using a Rickenbacker 4001 and a Fender Precision Bass and rarely an Epiphone Rivoli.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1977 In the City 5 4
1977 This Is the Modern World 3
1978 All Mod Cons 4 7
1979 Setting Sons 6
1980 Sound Affects 7
1982 The Gift 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1983 Snap! 4
1983 All Mod Cons / Sound Affects 2
1983 Compact Snap! 2
1990 All the Choice Cuts 1
1991 Greatest Hits 5 4
1992 Wasteland 1
1992 Extras 1
1996 Collection 2
1997 Direction Reaction Creation 1
1997 Master Series: The Jam 1
1997 The Very Best of The Jam 1
1998 Beat Surrender 1
2001 This Is the Modern World / All Mod Cons 1
2001 45 rpm: The Singles 1977–79 1
2001 45 rpm: The Singles 1980–1982 1
2002 The Sound of The Jam 4
2005 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Jam 1
2005 Gold 1
2006 The Jam Story 1
2015 About the Young Idea 2
The Best of Greatest Hits UK 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2015 Fire and Skill 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1982 Dig the New Breed 5
1993 Live Jam 2
1996 Ready, Steady - Gone (The Final Tour) 2 Dec 82 1
2002 The Jam at the BBC 2


Year Title RatingReleases
1977 In the City 1
1977 All Around the World 1
1977 The Modern World 1
1978 News of the World 1
1978 David Watts / “A” Bomb in Wardour Street 5 1
1978 Down in the Tube Station at Midnight 1
1979 Strange Town 2
1979 When You’re Young 1
1979 The Eton Rifles 1
1980 That’s Entertainment 2
1980 Going Underground 3
1980 Start! 1
1981 Funeral Pyre 1
1981 Absolute Beginners 4 1
1982 Town Called Malice / Precious 5
1982 Just Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero 2
1982 The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow) 2
1982 Beat Surrender 4
2016 Art School 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Absolute Beginners 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1981 Pop Art Poem / Boy About Town 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
1977 The Peel Sessions 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2012 That's Entertainment: The Collection 1

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